Inpatient and ambulatory surgery is located on the third floor of the Bridwell Tower. There are 14 operating suites, many designed specifically for computer-assisted procedures.

Some of the advanced technology available includes:

  • Computerized navigation system for total joint replacements.
  • Computerized navigation system for neurosurgical procedures.
  • da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, for use in urological, gynecological, general,  and certain other surgeries.
  • Hybrid endovascular suite, which combines endovascular, cardiac surgical, laparoscopic, and radiological capabilities, allowing flexibility and speed in the treatment of patients with the most complex cardiac and vascular conditions. The suite can accommodate minimally-invasive cardiovascular procedures and then convert into an open heart surgical suite if the need arises.

United Regional has surgeons trained in the following specialties:

  • Bariatrics
  • Cardiovascular and thoracic surgery
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
  • Endoscopy
  • General
  • Gynecology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oral and maxiofacial
  • Orthopedic
  • Plastic and reconstructive
  • Urology

We also have general surgeons who provide laparoscopic procedures including, but not limited to:

  • Appendectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Amputations
  • Breast Biopsy, Mastectomy, Sentinel Node
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Colon Resections
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Hernia repairs and robotic hernia repairs
  • Linx Reflux Management (to treat GERD)
  • Lymph node biopsy
  • Nissen Fundaplication (to treat GERD and Hiatus Hernia)
  • Splenectomy


Minimally Invasive Procedures

In open surgery, the traditional way of performing an operation, surgeons make long cuts through skin, muscle and sometimes bone. Recovery from open surgery can be painful and slow. Some patients may not resume their normal routine for months.

Minimally invasive procedures are performed through one or more tiny incisions, with much less trauma to the body. For most patients, this leads to significantly less postoperative pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, less blood loss, and in some cases, a better overall outcome. Minimally invasive surgery may also allow more people who may not be candidates for open surgery, to undergo surgical repair.

Although laparoscopic techniques vary widely, surgeons generally insert an endoscope, a long thin tube with a lighted camera at its tip, through a small incision. The camera sends a two-dimensional image of the surgical site to a high-definition monitor, which the surgeon watches throughout the operation. Specially designed surgical instruments are placed through the original cut or through other small incisions.

The number of incisions depends on the type of surgery, but the trend is to use fewer and shorter incisions. It’s not uncommon for some abdominal operations, such as gallbladder surgery, to be performed through a single incision around the navel. In such cases, patients require only an overnight hospital stay and heal without a scar.

Robotic-assisted surgery is an advanced form of minimally invasive surgery. Robotic technology provides magnified, three-dimensional views of the surgical site and gives surgeons greater precision, flexibility and control than is possible with standard laparoscopic instruments and techniques. Important benefits for patients include less blood loss, a considerably faster, less painful recovery and reduced scarring.

Meet our Surgeons

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Shahab Akvan, MD

Wichita Falls Heart Clinic & Vascular Surgical Services
2101 9th Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Terrell Bibb, MD

Terrell Bibb, MD

Texoma ENT & Allergy
#1 Burnside Drive
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Etem Chu - Obstetrics/Gynecology - United Regional Physician Group

Etem Chu, MD

United Regional Physician Group – Barnett Road Medical Building
4327 Barnett Road
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Alan Coleman, MD

Alan Coleman, MD

Acute Care Surgery Texoma, LLC
1600 11th Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Katherine Dowd, MD

Katherine Dowd, MD

Texoma Urology Center
5500 Kell #200
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Christopher Finnell, MD - Bariatric Surgery - United Regional Health Care System

Christopher W. Finnell, MD

North Texas Surgical Group
2945 Southwest Parkway
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Christopher Finnell, MD - Bariatric Surgery - United Regional Health Care System

Christopher Finnell, MD

United Regional Physician Group – Barnett Road Medical Building
4327 Barnett Road
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Hossein Ghanbari, MD

Hossein Ghanbari, MD

Office of H. Ghanbari, M.D.
1921 9th Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Jerry Giles, MD

Jerald E. Giles, MD

Texoma ENT & Allergy
#1 Burnside Drive
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Cameron Godfrey, MD

Cameron Godfrey, MD

Texoma ENT & Allergy
#1 Burnside Drive
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Jed Grisel, MD

Jed Grisel, MD

Texoma ENT & Allergy
#1 Burnside Drive
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Christal Hames - Surgery - United Regional Health Care System

Christal Hames, MD

North Texas Surgical Group
2945 Southwest Parkway
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Michael Hames, MD

Michael Hames, MD

Orthopaedic Associates, LLP
#1 West Medical Court
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Sven Hochheimer, MD

Neurological Surgery Specialists of North Texas
3808 Kemp Blvd., Suite A
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Dr. Richard Kern is a Neurosurgeon at the Neurological Surgery Specialties of North Texas

Richard L. Kern, Jr., MD

Neurological Surgery Specialists of North Texas
3808 Kemp Blvd., Suite A
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Frederick Langner, MD

Frederick M. Langner, MD

Clinics of North Texas
501 Midwestern Parkway
Wichita Falls, TX 76302

Melanie Lerew, MD

Melanie Lerew, MD

Texoma ENT & Allergy
#1 Burnside Drive
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Brett May, MD

Brett May, MD

North Texas Surgical Group
2945 Southwest Parkway
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Gradie Moore, MD

Gradie Moore, MD

The Womens Clinic
#6 Burnside
Wichita Falls, TX 76310-1128

Eid Mustafa, MD

Eid B. Mustafa, MD

Plastic Surgery Center
1201 Brook Avenue
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Brandon Perez, MD

Brandon Perez, MD

Orthopaedic Associates, LLP
#1 West Medical Court
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Scott Phillips, MD

Excelsis Neurosurgery
1912 Loop 11
Wichita Falls, TX 76306

Barry Prestridge, MD

Barry Prestridge, MD

Texoma ENT & Allergy
#1 Burnside Drive
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

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Patrick Roughneen, MD

Wichita Falls Heart Clinic & Vascular Surgical Services
2101 9th Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Joshua Schacter, DO

Joshua R. Schacter, DO

Pinnacle Integrative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
802 Ohio St
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Phillip Stephan, MD

Texoma Plastic Surgery
2200 Kell Blvd.
Wichita Falls, TX 76309

Sanjoy Sundaresan, MD

Sanjoy Sundaresan, MD

Texoma Spine Center
1511 10th Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Beth H. Sutton, MD

Acute Care Surgery Texoma, LLC
1600 11th Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Timothy (Kevin) K. Thomas, MD

North Texas Surgical Group
2945 Southwest Parkway
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Travis Veitenheimer, MD

Orthopaedic Associates, LLP
#1 West Medical Court
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Terris White - General/Trauma Surgery - United Regional Health Care System

Terris White, MD

Acute Care Surgery Texoma, LLC
1600 11th Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Steven Wilson, MD

Steve J. Wilson, MD

Orthopaedic Associates, LLP
#1 West Medical Court
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Derek Yang, MD

Derek Yang, M.D.

Texoma Surgery
5500 Kell West Blvd., Ste. 300
Wichita Falls, TX 76310